August is the month for weddings, thanks to its age-old association, with the Roman goddess Juno. But with more than 20 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the globe before the first half of 2020 is over, more than a few wedding plans are in disarray.
Unfortunately, restrictions may mean it is not possible to go into a physical jewelry store to choose an engagement ring. If you had your heart set on doing this with your partners or a family member, you might feel disappointed. But al is not lost.
It has become easier than ever to buy an engagement ring online. In this guide, we will take you through all the considerations, from setting a budget to choosing the right style and size and having it delivered, even at the time of a pandemic.
What should my budget be?
There has been a long-standing benchmark that an engagement ring should be equivalent to three months’ salary. This is unrealistic in a climate where around 16% of the entire nation is as of now out of work.
Given the rippling effects of the pandemic on the US economy, your budget should be whatever you can safely and comfortably pay. Choosing a jeweller store which offers you a complete diamond upgrade program, means that you can use the full value of your original diamond purchase towards a larger stone at a later point of time.
Should I do this alone or decide with my partner?
This is entirely a personal decision, but we know from research that 50% of the women do want to be involved in the ring selection process, with input on details like material and stones, while others like being surprised.
Since there is no universal answer, the best option is to talk to your partner and ask what they prefer. You may also want to talk to their family members, especially anyone who knows that you are going to get engaged if you want the ring to be a surprise.
How do I get the right band size?
Engagement rings for women and men come in many sizes and ensuring a comfortable fit is essential. Moreover, this is not as hard as many people believe it is. There is a good chance that a female partner already knows her ring size, but if not, here is how to get the best fit.
If you measure at home, start by waiting until midday. Fingers tend to change size slightly throughout the day, so midday is the best time to check. Also, avoid strenuous activity as well as salty foods.
If you want to keep the proposal a surprise, borrow one of your major other rings and use the ring measurement on the printable guide to determine its size.
If you are still not sure what size will fit best, go larger, not smaller. A ring that is too large will still slide over the knuckle and can be resized after your proposal.
What setting and style should I choose?
Style is a personal choice, so if the ring is a surprise, some research will be required to determine what suits your significant other taste.
Single solitaire diamond engagement rings are the ultimate classic. Timeless and perfect for highlighting your choice of diamond, whether that be brilliant round cut, princess cut, cushion cut, or another fancy diamond shape of your choice.
For the non-traditionalist, there are many other unique choices, which include the oval diamond engagement rings, vintage engagement rings, gemstone rings, pave engagement rings, and halo engagement ring settings.
Q1: Is it OK to buy an engagement ring online?
Ans: In most cases, engagement rings are 45% cheaper online than they are in physical stores because of the way diamonds are sold and distributed; diamonds are less expensive for online vendors. By shopping online, you will get a large selection of conflict-free diamonds and beautiful settings at competitive prices.
Q2: How many carats should an engagement ring be?
Ans: The average size of most engagement rings diamonds is somewhere between one carat and half a carat. Do not confuse carats with Karats, the unit of purity of gold.
Q3: Is $10000 a lot for an engagement ring?
Ans: Yes, $10000 is quite a generous budget for an engagement ring. It is much more than the median amount spent on an engagement ring.
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